North Little Rock, AR-The Arkansas Travelers evened their record at 2-2 with a complete performance in an 8-2 win over the San Antonio Missions on Sunday in front of 5,157 at Dickey-Stephens Park.
The Traveler offense put up season highs with eight runs and 12 hits in the victory. Ironically, it was the first game this season in which the Travs failed to score in the first inning. But they made up for it with three multi-run innings. After San Antonio had scored on a two-run homer in the 1st from Noah Perio, the Travs tied it in the 3rd on Ryan Casteel's two-run double.
The game remained tied until the bottom of the sixth when the Trav offense sprung to life again. With two on and one out, Joey Wong yanked a ground-rule double into the right field corner for the lead. Brock Hebert would follow with an RBI single and Ian Miller added a sac fly for a 5-2 advantage. Arkansas would then put the game on ice scoring three more times in the seventh inning. The first four batter all reached, highlighted by Tyler Marlette's ground-rule RBI double and an RBI single from Chantz Mack.
For the day, four Travs had multi-hit games with Casteel, Marlette, Wong and Jay Baum all registering two knocks.
Meanwhile on the mound, two Trav pitchers would stymie the Missions' offense following the early homer. Starter Kyle Hunter retired 12 of the last 14 hitters he face pitching four innings with four strikeouts. Brett Ash (1-0) then came in from the 'pen and carried it to the finish line working five shutout innings to earn the victory. Justin Hancock (0-1) took the loss after surrendering the three-run sixth inning.
The Arkansas Travelers and San Antonio Missions play game two of the series Monday night at Dickey-Stephens Park. RH Lindsey Caughel makes the start for Arkansas against RH Jake Esch for San Antonio. First pitch is set for 7:10. It's a Funday Monday with free trackless train rides all night long. The game will also be broadcast on the Sports Animal 920, the First Pitch App, TuneIn radio and milb.tv.
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